The Delhi Police has stepped up security across the capital ahead of Independence Day.
“The Delhi Police has received Intelligence inputs about potential threats like they usually do. But rest assured, the security measures in place in the city in the run up to Independence Day this year are very strong,” Police Commissioner B S Bassi said on the sidelines of a function in Chandni Chowk on Tuesday.
Bassi said robust security arrangements were in place in North and Central districts, through which the motorcades of the prime minister and other VIPs will pass on August 15.
Sources said the number of CCTV cameras had been doubled in both North and Central Delhi. “Last year, CCTV cameras were concentrated in the Lal Qila area and the PM’s route. But this time, there is a camera installed in every nook and corner of the two districts,” a police officer said.
Security personnel deployed on rooftops have been increased by around 40 per cent in Central Delhi compared to last year. Several hotel rooms, restaurants and inns are being checked by police.
This year, seating arrangements for 10,000 people have been made at Red Fort compared to 3,000 last year. And there will be four mega display screens.
Air guns seized
Police have seized 250 air guns from a car in Southwest Delhi. The guns were found while vehicles were being checked in Dwarka South for securing the prime minister’s route. Police said the guns seized produce only light and sound. The guns were hidden in three sacks inside the car.